Monday 12 June 2017

Looking ahead: New season at Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall
Saffron Hall
Since Saffron Hall opened in 2013 it has sold 90,000 tickets to more than 250 events, and reached 19,000 young people through its learning, participation and education work. The hall's 2017/2018 season has recently been announced including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as featured ensemble, continuing residency from Britten Sinfonia, Saffron Hall debuts from Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla with the City of Birmingham Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, OAE, Il Pomo d’Oro with Alina Ibragimova, Emerson Quartet, and Mitsuko Uchida, and a return from English Touring Opera.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be giving the world première of Sally Beamish's large-scale choral work The Judas Passion with a libretto by David Harsent, with soloists Julia Doyle, Brendan Gunnell and James Newby, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, then at Christmas the orchestra will be joined by Trinity College Choir for Bach's Christmas Oratorio

The Britten Sinfonia's concerts include Brahms Symphony No. 1 with Mark Elder, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, RVW's Dona Nobis Pacem and a new work by Emma-Ruth Richards with Stephen Cleobury and King's College Choir. English Touring Opera will be performing Handel's Giulio Cesare, and Rameau's Dardanus as well as a performance of Bach's Mass in B minor involving local schools.

Saffron Opera Group's Ring Cycle comes to a triumphant conclusion with Götterdämmerung. Saffron Walden Choral Society joins forces with Harlow Chorus, the Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra for Britten’s War Requiem on Armistice Day with soloists Erica Eloff, Robin Tritschler and Peter Harvey, and it presents a singing day celebrating Mozart for participants of every level. Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Around the World in 60 Minutes’, a concert for families with narrator and illustrator James Mayhew, conducted by Richard Hull.
Learning and participation includes a new series of free courses for people living with dementia and their carers, with music therapists from Anglia Ruskin University. This series builds on the work Saffron Hall began last season to use the power of music to help enrich the lives of people affected by the condition.

Full details from the Saffron Hall website.

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